Cigar charities, quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it, raising awareness while trying to raise funds. Others do it on the low as they are afraid it will be seen as marketing.
Ministry of Cigars feels that all the actions of the factories should be highlighted. The cigar industry needs positive stories, and we need to get the word out to the general public and politicians that there is no other industry that gives back to the community as much as the cigar industry does.
A wide variety
Some charities support education for underprivileged children. Other charities build homes for poor families. Orphanages are being supported by cigar factories, but the preservation of nature and wildlife is a cause too.
The way those charities raise money differs too. Some brands just donate a set amount. Others release special cigars of which they donate parts of the proceeds. The Fuente Cigar Family raises money with a special sampler, toast across America, where all the proceeds go straight to their foundation. Even the retailers donate those proceeds. Pronica is funded by end consumers since the distributor raised the price on every cigar with $0.10 and donates that to education in Nicaragua. Just as in cigars itself, there are many ways that the cigar charities get funded.
But one thing that they have in common is that none of them get the respect and promotion they need. And because the industry is under attack from anti-smoker lobby groups, politicians and other negative influences, it’s time to shine a light on the positive side of the cigar community. In a series of articles, Ministry of Cigars will give credit to some of the beautiful charities that our small industry offers. Stay tuned ….